TROY - Longtime John M. Long School of Music Director Dr. Larry Blocher has been appointed Dean of Troy University's College of Communication and Fine Arts.
"Dr. Blocher has proven himself a capable leader and an extraordinary advocate for student success during his time as a professor of music and director of the John M. Long School of Music," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. "The fine arts and humanities play an important role at TROY not only for our students, faculty and staff but also for the public at large who attend our performances and have their lives enriched through the arts. Dr. Blocher understands the crucial role the fine arts play on our campus and beyond. He is the right leader to take this college into a new era of success."
Blocher, who was named director of the School of Music in 2005, takes the reigns of the college from Dr. Don Jeffrey, who served as interim dean following the departure of Dr. Mary Jo Cochran.
He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree at Florida State University and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education at Morehead State University. Prior to joining the TROY faculty, he was a professor of music, associate director of the school of music and director of music education at Wichita State University.
Under his tenure at the Long School, music major enrollment has doubled and the school has been reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. A new John M. Long Hall has been built, new faculty positions created and more comprehensive curriculum developed. Among new music programs that have been launched during his tenure is the innovated Music Industry Program that gives its majors experience in music production, marketing and business endeavors.
Blocher is not the first music school director to ascend the deanship. The School's namesake, Dr. John M. Long also served as dean of the then-College of Fine Arts.